2011-12 Student Catalog 
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2011-12 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHI 155 - Political Philosophy: Community, Culture and State Power

3 Cr.

This course will explore the political relationship between what it means to be a free individual, a member of a community, and a citizen of a Federal state. In the enquiry we will define how these political relationships shape our understanding of crucial issues concerning the environment, culture, and social power. The philosophical context of the course will grow out of readings about fundamental political ideas that shape thought and action in contemporary politics. We will examine the ideas that have shaped the Liberal-democratic state as we know it today and contrast them with the more radical and marginal ideas of communitarians, populists, traditionalists, the religious right, and single-issue political groups. Case studies of environment, culture, and the state will serve as the practical framework against which the basic ideas of political philosophy will be examined and criticized. (Usually offered Spring semester.)

Pre-Requisites: AAC 042 and ENG 099 or waiver through testing.

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